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TNA to support Fonseka
hindu, jan 5. COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to support the Sri Lankan Opposition consensus presidential nominee General (retired) Sarath Fonseka, an announcement by United National Party (UNP) which is leading the alliance in support of the General.

It came within hours of the retired General, in a bid to get the support of Tamil voters, on Monday handing over to TNA leader R. Sampanthan a document pledging to address their concerns on the nearly three lakh war displaced.

While indications were that a majority in the TNA would back the retired General in the January 26 poll, there had been no formal word till now from the TNA on their interactions with the former Army chief. TNA, an alliance of militant-turned-political groups stitched together by LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran in 2001, has had its share of problems after the military defeat of the LTTE in the Eelam War IV (July 2006 to May 2009). More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 4 19:58:15 EST 2010

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Fonseka promises to return lands to Tamils
ENS, jan 4. COLOMBO: The opposition Presidential candidate, Gen.Sarath Fonseka, has told the Tamils of Jaffna that he will give back lands and buildings which the army had taken from them, when the areas in which they were located were designated as High Security Zones (HSZ).

He was speaking at a public meeting in Jaffna on Saturday.

According to the Weekly Virakesari a third of the land area in the Jaffna peninsula had been converted in HSZs in the last thirty years. But the Tamilnet website puts it at 26 percent. The one and only airport in the peninsula is also in the Palaly HSZ.

About 30, 338 families had been evicted as a result of these areas being designated as HSZ. Among the affected are 16,027 farming families and also 4,436 fisher families living on 81 kilometers of coastline.

As a result of the designation, 47 schools and 246 places of worship had to be closed. More... Discuss this story
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Sri Lanka Economy to Expand More Than Forecast, Cabraal Says, Jan. 4. Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s economy is likely to expand more than forecast in 2010 amid low inflation and interest rates, central bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said. The South Asian island’s gross domestic product will probably grow 7 percent this year after an expansion of 3.5 percent in 2009, Cabraal said in a presentation on 2010 policy in Colombo today. That would be the fastest pace in four years and compares with an October forecast of as much as 6 percent. The $41 billion economy expanded 4.2 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the fastest pace in 2009, helped by rebuilding efforts after the government defeated the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels in May. Cabraal, who cut lending rates five times last year to spur growth, said today the country will ease currency controls to boost investment. More...
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Sunday Leader’s editor defends controversial Fonseka interview
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Political storm over STF ‘circular’
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